Strings are typically delimited by quotes, which raises the problem of dealing with strings that include quotes.

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Bash script for scp interpreting tilde (~) too soon

So, I just started a new C++ class that requires me to program in a Linux environment. I don't have Linux installed on my machine, but I do have OS X and I can ssh into a linux machine in the lab at ...
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Copy newest file in directory over SSH

How might one copy the newest text file from a particular directory on a remote server to his local machine? On the server itself I can do the following: $ cat `cd /home/user/dir ; readlink -f $(ls ...
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Why does scp say “No such file”?

I have a bash script that uses scp to copy a file from my machine to another. The script keeps on exiting after I enter the SSH password with the error: <filename>: No such file or directory ...
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Checking if an input number is an integer

I'm trying to check if an input is an integer and I've gone over it a hundred times but don't see the error in this. Alas it does not work, it triggers the if statement for all inputs ...
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How can I pass a filename containing percent signs (%) as a parameter to a shell script in cron? [duplicate]

We have currently setup a cron job for our new script as below: 46 22 * * * /gzm_common/diagbat9/global/prod/chgstatus.sh /backups/diagbat9/Demantra/output/SK_ITEM_EXTRACT_MFGPRO_$(date +%m%d%y).txt ...
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How can I run a “grep | grep” command as a string in a bash function?

I'm trying to build a command that pipes the results of one grep command to another grep command in a bash function. Ultimately, I want the command executed to look like this: grep -I -r FooBar ...
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Replace a backslash with sed

I've been trying to create a script that would replace every occurence of C:\ in two different types of file by /root. My arborescence looks like : - Batch - Place of the script - Conf - Appli1 ...
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Quote escaping struggle with grep and sed

I'm writing a bash script to extract data from html tags and I found this command in another thread : grep -o '<tr>.*</tr>' HTMLFILE | sed 's/\(<tr>\|<\/tr>\)//g' > NEWFILE, ...
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Preventing a specific space from being expanded in a variable

In bash how do you avoid a specific space from being expanded in a variable? Lets say I have this JAVA_OPTS="-Xmx1g" JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -XX:OnError='/path/to/a/script.sh %p'" function args() { ...
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Parenthesis in bash arithmetic: 3 * (2 + 1)

expr does not seem to like parenthesis (used in mathematics to explicit operator priority): expr 3 * (2 + 1) bash: syntax error near unexpected token `(' How to express operator priority in bash?
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Inconsistent redirection behavior ssh interactive vs commands

These work, ssh remote 'echo hi > hi.txt' echo hi | ssh remote 'cat > hi.txt' but this does not work ssh remote sh -c 'echo hi > hi.txt' I expected to produce a file on remote named ...
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command: ls /etc | sort | grep d* is yielding no results but ls /etc | sort | grep p* lists entire directory

I am playing around with piping and grep tonight. I know that grep uses regex and that * means 0 or more occurrences of the preceding character. So the way I understand it is that if I do the ...
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Handling sed variables with paths in them?

I have an applescript for doing certain things, like search and replace. set lol to quoted form of POSIX path of (choose file with prompt "VälJ Fil") That chooses a file then im doing this set ...
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How to use a shell variable inside sed's s command? [duplicate]

we know that we can get the value of a variable using $ sign: x=3 echo $x 3 Is there other ways that we can use to get the value without using $ sign. I'm asking this because $ sign is a special ...
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How to escape spaces etc in passed variable, for system call to cp in awk

As the title suggests, this problem has enough layers of complexity to make simple escaping characters difficult for me. I have a bash script which, for a large part, has an embedded awk script that ...
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Replace value within single quotes in a line that contains certain word using sed command

I have a line as below in a html file, shahar.push(['remoteUrl', 'staging.zazzercode.com']); Depending upon environment, I want to replace the remoteUrl value with sed command. eg, ...
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How to pass multiple commands via pssh and multiple xterms

I'm attempting to open multiple xterms and run a command as an SAP user via sudo using pssh. So far, I'm able to run PSSH to a file of servers with no check for keys, open every xterm in the servers ...
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Search and replace string literal with sed [duplicate]

I'm trying to replace a line in my preseed.cfg with a string that contains a bash variable that expands to include a password hash. I don't want to escape every special character in this password ...
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How do I delete a file whose name begins with “-” (hyphen a.k.a. dash or minus)?

How do you remove a file whose filename begins with a dash (hyphen or minus) -? I'm ssh'd into a remote OSX server and I have this file in my directory: tohru:~ $ ls -l total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 me ...
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Escaping quotes in zsh alias

Following on from this question about stripping newlines out of text, I want to turn this into a zsh alias as follows: alias striplines=' awk " /^$/ {print \"\n\"; } /./ {printf( \" %s \",$0);}"' ...
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What does su - `whoami` command do?

I am running a script in my project and I see this command su - `whoami` I am having a few basic questions: What does this command do ? What is the significance of `` quotes outside the whoami ...
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How to build space separated, escaped full paths of files recursively matching glob?

I have a program which requires paths to files as arguments, which cannot be quoted and must not depend on working dir. Can this be done without chaining multiple xargs, tr, find, readlinks? Example ...
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Unable to use date command to change specific date format in Bash shell on OS X terminal

I am using the date -d command to change a specific date format to another. Below is the example used currDate=`Wed 12 Feb 2014` formattedDate=`date -d"${currDate}" +%Y%m%d` echo $formattedDate
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Quote a variable in shell script “if” statement

e.g. if [ "$FOO" = "true" ]; then vs if [ $FOO = "true" ]; then What is the different? Seems both of two statements also works.
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Backslash with pipe in system command from awk

I want to invoke shell command from awk so I am using system() but when I am passing expression in I am getting error at backslash. Here is my expression echo "select * from abc limit 1;"| ...
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Why do I have to escape a “dot” twice?

I know that we can escape a special character like *(){}$ with \ so as to be considered literals. For example \* or \$ But in case of . I have to do it twice, like \\. otherwise it is considered ...
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Why does passing a HEREDOC as a string to `ruby -e` not work?

For reasons I don't understand, it seems to be impossible to pass a heredoc as an expression to a Ruby interpreter: $ ruby -e <<END heredoc> puts 'hi' heredoc> END ruby: no code ...
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Add arguments to bash -c

Let say that I want to run a command through bash like this: /bin/bash -c "ls -l" According to bash man page, I could also run it like this: # don't process arguments after this one ...
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How could I retain special character without replacing it with underscore?

I'm working on a file transfer script where I encounter a problem, when the file name look like Dr' A. The transfer script will fail due to following error: sftp> put /path/Dr'\ A.tif Unterminated ...
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How to add newlines into variables in bash script

When I do str="Hello World\n===========\n" I get the \n printed out too. How can I have newlines then?
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Test -n gives unexpected result

I understand test -n <expression> to return false if the expression evaluates to a string length of greater than 0. Why then does the following happen? Macbook:~ echo ${#undeclared_variable} 0 ...
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How to enclose a quoted variable in quotes

I want to call: ./mjpg_streamer -i "./input_uvc.so -r 320x240" -o "./output_http.so -w ./www" from a C program, running system(). The problem is that I have to enclose shell command in quotes, which ...
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Change a specific line using sed

I need to change a line in a Java file called DbConnection.java using the sed command. The line is: connection = DriverManager.getConnection("jdbc:mysql://**localhost**/**bajaj**","**root**", ...
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Could “>” be included in a bash Variable?

Current approach: sudo awk 'BEGIN{printf "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"utf-8\"?>\n<hello>\n\t<world>\n";} {print "\t\t",$0}END{printf "\t </world>\n</hello>\n"}' ...
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Using exec in find over ssh from shell script

So, I am attempting to execute the following from within a shell script; ssh -q $CUR_HOST "cd $LOGS_DIR; echo cd $LOGS_DIR; find . -name *.log -mmin +1440 -exec gzip {} \; exit" When this runs, it ...
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Are quotes needed for local variable assignment?

Can I safely omit quotes on the right side of a local assignment? function foo { local myvar=${bar} stuff() } I'm mainly interested in bash, but any info on corner cases in other shells are ...
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How do I pass a variable from my local server to a remote server?

I am trying to pass a variable from my local server (location1) to a remote server (location2). The purpose of the code is to copy a file from the remote server from a predefined location. In simpler ...
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Problems with basename in a loop

I am new at shell script programming and I'm trying to execute a software that reads a text and perform it's POS tagging. It requires an input and an output, as can be seen in the execute example: $ ...
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Variable assigned inside ssh command doesn't return proper value

I'm executing the below command in the ssh part of my script. The command is meant to cut the file size from ls option and storing it to a variable. Then print the variable: echo "Enter srouce file"; ...
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How to exit the script in ssh session?

My script contains a ssh command to login to remote server and execute a few commands, The command checks if a file exist and if not it should come out of the entire script. ssh $user@$hostname "if[ ...
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Bash Script : Passing a variable to a bash script that contains quotes, single quotes. etc [closed]

lets assume this is the string: 'a',"b" it contains both single and double quotes. how would you pass this to a bash script as a single string ? this is the bash script: #!/bin/bash echo $1 ...
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“cat” command: how to automatically escape everything that might be a violation?

If you copy the contents of httpd.conf and then paste it into a cat command.. such as this one.. #!/bin/bash cat > /test << EOF pasted here.. EOF you run into this error: -bash: ...
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Running system bash command in PHP script - syntax error: unexpected T_LNUMBER

If anyone can shed some light on my issue that'd be great. Please don't down-vote me; I'm new to the language and the OS itself and I'm trying my best to research before asking questions, so any ...
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Why is my tar in a script behaving different than using tar manually

I'm writing a backup script for my email and cloud service. For simplicity, I only posted the mail-backup part here. Basically, I have a Host-Machine with some Virtual Boxes running in it. These ...
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Why does vim color this .bashrc line incorrectly? Fixable?

I have the following line in my .bashrc that allows me to use rlwrap with sqlplus. Why does vim seem to color this wrong? alias sqlplus='rlwrap -c -f /usr/bin/rlwrap -b ...
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How do I match a string with symbols in a grep-kind of way? [duplicate]

I have a file with this contents (or similar): # cat /var/www/htpasswd foo:$apr1$73wJ8tiQ$HdaRYe2pUMqBf0ZpMJz6h/ and I'm trying to verify the presence of an entry in it, by matching it, like this: ...
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Print a string including single quotes and other special characters

How can I write this with an AIX script correctly? My requirement is to write this command in test.txt: clock=$(prtconf -s | awk '{print $4,$5}') I tried this command: print 'clock=$(prtconf -s | ...
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Why doesn't source work when I call bash -c

I want to run a command that sources a script to take on some env. variables before executing, without sourcing them in my current shell. test.env export test=1 None of these commands echo the ...
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When is double-quoting necessary?

The old advice used to be to double-quote any expression involving a $VARIABLE, at least if one wanted it to be interpreted by the shell as one single item, otherwise, any spaces in the content of ...
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Why does my shell script choke on whitespace or other special characters?

Or, an introductory guide to robust filename handling and other string passing in shell scripts. I wrote a shell script which works well most of the time. But it chokes on some inputs (e.g. on some ...